Education changes headed for Malloy’s signature

The Senate has sent a bill to the governor’s desk that allows some towns to cut education funding when enrollment declines, reduces the state’s share of the cost of building new schools, merges several of the state’s public colleges and universities into one system and increases funding for urban students to attend surburban schools.

The measure reflects most of the governor’s proposed changes to primary and secondary education, which had bi-partisan support in the Education Committee. The merging of the state’s colleges proved much more controversial, facing opposition from many legislators and college officials.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has said he plans to save the more controversial issues facing kindergarten-12th grade education until next year’s legislative session. He has said he plans to tackle school financing and teacher tenure laws.

Malloy plans to sign the changes to education approved by the Senate Wednesday.